Pankaj Vohra in UP setting the apple cart (May 14) is right when he says that the Congress and the BJP need to introspect on their performance in the recent UP elections. Politics in India has taken a turn towards regionalism. There is nothing wrong in regional parties being part of governing coalitions, whether at the Centre or in states, but the national parties being made redundant in the states is a bad omen. The Congress and the BJP need to work diligently towards strengthening their grassroot level cadre-base if they are to remain relevant.
Mayawati deserves praise for her spectacular win in UP. She has promised to root out corruption and goonda raj. People in UP are waiting for this to happen. She has also to focus on building better roads, encourage small scale industries etc., which will not only help in the growth of UP as an industrialised state, but also stem the flow of people from UP to other states.
Mayawati said she will provide a corruption-free administration. But people also expect that she has to prove that her critics are wrong in the ‘Taj corridor scam’ case. One wonders how a school teacher has moved from being ‘Dalit ki beti’ to ‘Daulat ki beti’. How has she become the owner of such palatial buildings in Lucknow and other places? If she won the people’s mandate, the people have a right to know her source of income.
Apropos of the report Over 40,000 killed in Kashmir in 16 yrs (May 14), it is ridiculous that the government has admitted that 40,000 people have been killed and about 170 temples damaged during the last 16 years, but claims it has taken all measures to protect citizens. The government has also stated that there has been no large-scale migration of Pandits after 1990-91. Everyone knows that the majority of Pandits left during the 1990s when militancy erupted in the Valley.
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